|January 15th, 2001|
The Game Warden's Lament
Unknown, from Field and Stream, May 1997
If he takes your word for having one, he's corrupt.
If he arrests a violator, he's showing how rough he can be.
If he gives the culprit another chance
he's showing favoritism.
If he labors day and night to enforce the law, he's a tyrant.
If he relaxes at all, he's a shirker and a crook.
If he talks fish and game conservation, he's maudlin.
If he keeps quite, he's not interested in his work.
If he accepts suggestions or advice, he's incompetent.
If he works out problems for himself, he's a know-it-all.
If he acts like a gentleman, he's too easy.
If he acts firm, he's unfair and a rascal.
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
If the sportsman won't do it, the game warden must.
River Bed by Dave Motes
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